Thinking through and writing about issues that rouse
This past year, I consciously worked on making my decision to retire from teaching. I was looking for "signs" about whether or not this was the time to do it.
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I bought a book by a writer-artist-entrepreneur, Austin Kleon, titled Show Your Work, and he advised folks aspiring to be financially viable doing creative work, to get your own website. He said if there's one take-away that readers should get, it's that. So I followed his advice and actually paid for a domain name.
Pretty amazing what taking that step does for your motivation level. It is self-affirmation. When I was teaching full-time, that was my identity so paying for a domain name and website for my writing seemed excessive. But now that I am taking my life in another direction, it is very appropriate.
But it is also intimidating. I have built websites before. I used Rapid Weaver and iWeb in the past. It was easy enough. I think I can do this. I will do this. By the time you read this, I did do this.
Diane Aoki is a writer who explores other modes of creativity as her intuition leads her.